Earlier in the week Mike Pierce’s camp revealed that the fighter’s knee had likely avoided surgery, as a result of the UFC ban inducing heel hookRousimar Palhares used at UFC FN 29, and now it appears the same can be said for his ankle. So, in other words, while Pierce is facing some recovery time it sounds like things could have been worse.
Pierce has relayed the following to MMA Fighting.com, about what the examinations of his left knee and ankle have revealed:
“Sprained MCL and an almost completely torn ligament on the outside of my left ankle,” Pierce said via text message. “[Doctor] says I should be feeling a lot better in 2-3 weeks and that I shouldn’t need surgery. But to check back in with him at that 2-3 week point.”
Recently Pierce told the “MMA Hour” that he “felt it pop a couple of times, once in my ankle, and once in my knee,” and that further, “I felt it [pop] after the ref was already on top of us and I was tapping the ref. So it was long after the fact.”
The rugged welterweight received a 180 day medical suspension from the Brazilian commission after the bout, but Pierce could fight beforehand, if he’s medically cleared by a doctor. Even if Pierce doesn’t need surgery, however, he’ll need to take several months off to heal up from the injuries he incurred during the bout.
Despite the loss, chances are Pierce will take on a well established welterweight next, as the 33 year-old carries a 9-4 record in the Octagon. The only other men to beat him to date are Josh Koscheck, Jon Fitch and Johny Hendricks, and all were by decision.
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